I’m addicted to tea, and that’s OK



Yes – surprise surprise: a British author talking about tea. 

But, if you are a tea-drinker, you will understand how vital tea is to your everyday life. And to me, it’s important to my writing life too.

Here’s some facts about tea that you might not have known:

  • Bags. Tea bags were invented in America in the early 1800s, and were initially used to hold samples of teas brought from India. Today, 96% of all cups of tea served around the world were made using teabags.
  • India. After tourism, the cultivation of tea is India’s second largest industry. And India tea is the variety most commonly drunk the world over, despite the fact that it originally came from China.
  • Joan Cusack. «Can I get you anything? Coffee? Tea? Me?» is one of cinema’s best-known quotes. It’s the famously cheeky line uttered by Joan Cusack to Harrison Ford in the classic film Working Girl.
  • Kettle. You won’t find a kitchen in England without one: the kettle, used to boil the water for tea, can be either electric or heated up on the hob.
  • Quotes. «Women are like tea bags. They do not know how strong they are until they get into hot water.» – Eleanor Roosevelt.
  • Ritz Carlton of Hong Kong. This is where the world’s most expensive afternoon tea is drunk – you can spend up to $8,888 dollars here. You can taste the world’s best teas, finger food, fantastic cakes and enjoy the best view of the city.

[These facts are from: http://www.finedininglovers.com/stories/tea-facts/]

I’m addicted to tea – and that’s OK. Me and Lara drink tea every day (at least eight cups each). But it’s part of a routine, and that’s good.

Routines are important when I do writing days. I get up, have a shower, get dressed and put the kettle on. It’s part of the routine. In the acknowledgements page of my first book, I talk about how Lara was always making me tea whilst I wrote.

At one point, we were staying up until 5 AM whilst I wrote and she edited her music video for college. We took turns making tea, checking each others work, and generally helping each other out.

I finished and published that book in less than two months. THANKS TEA!  (and thanks, Lara)

Want to see a vlogger who agrees with me? Check out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ND9pUmVyVPs

Right, well – I’m off to drink tea and watch Lost with Lara,



I Own Too Many DVDs

DVD collection

I own way too many DVDs – I think it’s becoming a problem…

I’ve already loved watching movies, even from a young age (although back then it was mostly Disney and The Land Before Time). However, recently I’ve been getting more and more into TV shows.

I blame my housemate/friend Lara – she is obsessed with TV shows. She owns most of Doctor Who, all of Fringe, nearly all of Supernatural, Angel, Buffy, Lost, etc. One problem we have though is the language.

Let me explain: Lara is Italian – which means her DVD covers are in Italian. Imagine me trying to figure out which episode of Lost I’m on when it’s in a completely different language. Italian = Confused Melissa.

I am trying to learn some Italian – I even made flashcards (and bought a “Italian for Beginners” book), but I’m awful at it and Lara just spends most of her time laughing at my accent…

I won’t be getting rid of my DVDs any time soon, because they help me creatively – getting involved in a story or a plot; learning different ways to express emotions: what’s not to love.

I’ll probably end up buying more DVDs from CEX on payday *bad times*

Keeping you posted,

– 19-Year-Old Author, Mel.